The non-profit organization Mottainai Japan’s motto is, “In the spirit of mottainai, we continually give back to society,” The policy of selfishly wasting your enemies’ petroleum to keep up an alienated consumer lifestyle to profit global capital is over. Getting back to nature is in, and looking to Japan’s culture of Mottainai shows the way!
The cherry blossom season is in full bloom in most Japanese cities, and everybody is out because no more Covid restrictions for the first time in two years! This annual collective nature-gazing that reminds us of our connection to nature and eternal life is a celebration of beauty.
At the Museum of Military History in Hanoi, Vietnam, I was struck by this image of a father and his daughter exploring the exhibition on women patriots during the Vietnam War. I loved the way the arms reflected each other. This photograph, taken in November 2019, is available at Estudio Sol on Society6! Along with … Continue reading Photograph: Father & Daughter in Arms, Hanoi, Vietnam
Nagasaki Kunchi 長崎くんち Dragon Dance Ja-Odori rehearsal.
It’s hard to believe how much the world has changed in such a short time. After leaving Japan in October 2019, we travelled for a month in SE Asia. Our first stop was Vietnam. The insanity of the over-tourism was fully evident when we took a tour from Hanoi to Ha Long Bay. Ha Long … Continue reading Ha Long Bay, Vietnam Boat Ride at Sunset Pre-Pandemic
Video of a priest at Kasuga Taisha Shinto Shrine making a Hana Chochin, flower lantern, at the Chugen Mantoro lantern festival in Nara, Japan.
Oshie is a three-dimensional picture made from silk. Sensei Shoho Konishi teaches the art at her school in Osaka and also at The Community House and Information Center (CHIC) in Kobe.
Prize-winning photo of the Tempozan Ferris Wheel in Osaka is available at Studio Sol on Society6. The pandemic had a funny effect on me. After what seemed like two years sitting inside our Orlando living room staring at my husband, getting cast in independent films got me out in the world again. Hence, the slowdown … Continue reading Haiku, Haibun, Book News, Mythology and More
Sudden News of a Friend’s Death is Never Easy Martin and I out front of the Harn Museum of Art in Gainesville, Florida in June 2021. My heart was shattered late January when I received a message from my friend Martin McKellar that he was saying goodbye— in December he had been diagnosed with stage … Continue reading Japanese Zen Gardens for Peace – in Memory of Martin McKellar
Goma ごま means sesame in Japanese, and this delicious superfood is everywhere to be found in Japanese cuisine.